Best, most trouble free vehicle I’ve ever owned
Bought a 2006 Pontiac Vibe fwd, automatic new. It has ~ 350,000 miles on it (speedometer will only register 299999 miles). We keep up with the miles using the trip odometer. Have maintained consistent and regular 3,000 mile interval oil changes. Engine uses NO OIL (Valvoline 5w30) and tranny has given no problems. Replaced valve cover gasket & O2 sensor at ~ 330,000 miles; struts @ ~ 340,000 miles (yes, they were overdue!). Needs catalytic converter. Nose of hood is a rock magnet (the car has never been wrecked or had any body repairs or paint). Paint is beginning to show its age (I hate base coat/clear coat; give me acrylic enamel any day). Headlight lense covers are weathering (originals). Have replaced fog lights a couple of times (road debris takes them out). All accessories - power windows, door locks, AC, electronics, lights - work. It is still our daily driver plus it does double duty as our towed vehicle behind our motorhome. As such, I’ve taken it places in the mountains on steep (and I mean STEEP), narrow loose rock roads (most recently in Big Bend National Park and surrounding areas). To sum it up, if they were still made, I’d buy a new one today. One solid, reliable car. If I could improve it, I would add more ground clearance and selective four wheel drive with a conventional transfer case so I could flat tow it behind my motorhome. (As for use, we use it for “commuting, transporting family, and having fun”; can’t pick just one).
A Car That Keeps You Safe
I was in a wreck and had I not been in this absolute tank of a car, I would not be here today. I love this car with all of my heart; I have a 2006 Pontiac Vibe and despite the wreck, it runs like a dream. It has over 200k miles on it and I drive it up a mountain nearly daily. It is my first car and I have never had any problems with it.
Most reliable car on the planet
Stealthy Toyota Matrix. This car has Toyota Matrix/Corolla guts. The 1.8 VVT motor is good for 300K miles. The 4 speed automatic is really a 5 speed. Top overdrive gear has a direct drive locking feature that kicks in on flat terrain. Mine has AWD and I have gotten 36 MPG on long easy trips. I seldom get less than 30MPG on a tankful. Front seats are comfy. Rear seats will fit 3 average adults. Sporty handling, good brakes, good visibility, solid and reliable. My one and only complaint is it’s a bit noisy.